Black Sea Tour

Black Sea Tour

Day 1   Istanbul / Safranbolu

Depart Istanbul and drive to Safranbolu.  Safranbolu is a museum town included on the World Cultural Heritage List and displays a good example of Turkish architecture preserved in the original form. As you stroll through this historical town you will absorb the authicity of the people and their local culture. This town is a step back in time and a must for travellers wanting to experience the atmosphere of early life in Turkey. In the afternoon you will see Hidirlik Hill, a superb view overlooking the township below. Overnight Safranbolu. (B)

Day 2   Safranbolu

After a traditional Turkish breakfast, we depart in the morning for a day trip to Amasra.  The one-hour scenic drive takes you through the stunning countryside, mountains and little villages along the way. Upon arrival you will have free time to discover Amasra and enjoy the tasty eateries and local stores. We then drive back to Safranbolu in the afternoon.  From there, you will have a chance to shop in the old bazaar and see traditional craftsmen at work, coppersmiths, shoemakers and packsaddle makers.  This is a great place to pick up a real treat.  Overnight Safranbolu. (B)

Day 3   Safranbolu / Amasya

After a relaxing morning in Safranbolu, we will travel to Amasya.  Amasya is located on both sides of the Yesilirmak River. The city has attracted the attention of many bygone civilizations throughout history and is also home of the legend of Ferhat and Sirin. We will check into one of the whitewashed Ottoman houses that edge the river.  These marvelous houses back onto the ancient rock tombs that have been carved into the mountain that overlooks this city. Enjoy the late afternoon as you wander along the river and absorb the atmosphere with the locals. Overnight Amasya. (B,D)

Day 4   Amasya

Today we will see the rock tombs of the Kings.  Hazeranlar Konagi is one of the most elegant civil architecture samples of the Ottoman period. The lovely Aynali Cave is also located three kilometers north of the town. During the evening we will have dinner at the famous panoramic restaurant that presents magnificent views of the city. Overnight Amasya. (B,D)

Day 5   Amasya / Giresun

Today we will continue our trip towards the Black Sea coastline. The Eastern Black Sea Region receives most of the annual rainfall for Turkey. It has a combination of historical and natural beauty, including the various tones of green that can be seen in the countryside. Along the way we will also see the ruins of the Giresun Fortress, offering a wonderful panorama of the city. Overnight Giresun. (B)

Day 6   Giresun / Trabzon

After breakfast we will visit the Sumela Monastery.  The Monastery is located above a subterranean valley inside the Pontic Mountains and is reached after a pleasant ride highlighting the beautiful views of nature.  As the road comes to an end for vehicles, we commence our strenuous hike up the hill. No one has been able to answer the question on how mankind was able to build such a huge monastery.  It is a monastery perched on a wall of a mountain using the technology of the sixth century. As you look at the frescoes on the walls in the monastery, don’t forget to drink some cold water from the sacred spring. Overnight Trabzon. (B)

Day 7    Trabzon

This morning we will visit the Saint Sophia Church.  This building is the most important historical structure in Trabzon and also houses the remains of some faded frescoes still noticeable inside. We then continue to Uzungol for a breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding greenery.  This place is well known for its location, mountain forests and wonderful fresh air. Overnight Trabzon. (B)

Day 8   Trabzon / Istanbul

Transfer to Trabzon Airport for the flight to Istanbul. (B)

 

2016 Departures           

25 May, 7 September

AU$2,280 per person in twin share

 

*This tour is operated with min. 6 passengers.  Single supplement prices are available on application.

Price includes:

7 nights accommodation in superior class hotels

English speaking guide

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle

Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L:Lunch, D:Dinner)

All entrance fees

All hotel taxes and service charges